Home decorating tips for a hair-raisin’ Halloween

Spooky spider webs, creepy cornstalks and ghoulish gourds are a common sight this time of year and with a little creativity, can add fright to the front porches of local residents.

Marked as the second most-decorated holiday of the year by Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft stores, an estimated $4.6 billion will be spent on holiday decor in addition to costumes, according to a news release.

“We carry a lot of different decorations for the house,” said Silverdale Jo-Ann Fabric Manager Dan Gorss. “We sell a lot of fall and Halloween decor.”

With a multitude of ideas to keep the home spooky during the festivities, colors of lime green, bright purple and electric blue can help create an eerie glow both inside and outside the home. For a more evil look, add shades of gray and olive green.

“Creating festive Halloween decorations can be easy and fun for the whole family,” stated Jo-Ann Stores Trend Expert Susan Atchison in a news release. “This season, creepy, scary monsters are out. Instead, a new cast of goofy ghouls takes their place with silly expressions, crazy colors and lots of whimsical, kid-friendly charm.”

The entrance to everything scary, the front porch is the beacon to everything Halloween. By stringing garlands of black bats from corners, adding silken spider webs to door handles and railings and creepy-carved Jack-o-Lanterns on the stairways, trick-or-treaters from surrounding blocks are sure to get the giddy feelings of being scared when they seek out candy treats.

“We sell tons of pumpkins made out of foam, but they’re carve-able,” said Silverdale Michaels Manager George Davis. “You can do a lot to accentuate the front porch with pumpkins, scarecrows and spider webs.

With local craft stores holding the key to both fun and frightful decorations, each front porch on the block can boast different themes.

• Metal standup figures are a great Halloween fixture for both porches and yards and often come in lively colors and ghoulish expressions.

• One or multiple strings of yellow, orange or purple lights can add an eerie and mysterious glow to both the front porch and illuminate dreadful Halloween decorations.

• Cauldrons filled with water and dry ice can create a frightening fog over stairs and porches that will make little ghosts and goblins squeal with delight.

• Miniature ghosts made from cheese cloth and fabric hardner hanging from the trees will make the mini witches and warlocks shriek with fright as they come in search for candy and caramel apples. Ghosts also can be made from lollipops and 4-inch by 4-inch white fabric.

• Witch and skeleton silhouette window clings also can embellish front doors and picture windows to add to the fright.

• Orange and black Halloween-patterned luminaries lining the walkways adds a decorative touch to the holiday, as well as paper lanterns decorated with black cats, pumpkin faces and skeletons.

• For the yard, tombstones and a purple strobe light will accent the shadows of trees, stairwells and bushes increasing frightful feelings and ghoulish giggles.

• Confetti in the shape of little black spiders sprinkled along stairways, porches, tables and chairs will leave trick-or-treaters feeling crawly as they continue with their Halloween haunting.

For a less scary and more fall-featured front porch, Davis suggests decorating the home in cornstalks, pumpkins, multiple-sized gourds, scarecrows and garlands of burnt orange and crimson silk leaves. Adding orange or yellow lights also can help create a warm, fall glow to anywhere in the home.

“Our biggest sellers are pumpkins and scarecrows,” he added.

Where to buy

ghoulish decorations to create your own house of horrors:

Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Store

2886 NW Bucklin Hill Road

(360) 692-1300

Store hours:

Mon.-Sat. 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Sun. 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.


10300 Silverdale Way NW, Suite 125

(360) 337-1110

Store hours:

Mon.-Sat. 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Sun. 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

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